In both the plant and animal world localities have common species, rarities and every degree in between. Here in Bluff Country (southeastern Minnesota) two of my favorite wildflowers are Michigan Lilies and Yellow Moccasin flowers.
Unfortunately for the uninitiated (including me) Michigan Lilies (L. michiganense) are often misidentified as “Turks Cap Lilies” (L. superbum). These plants are becoming uncommon in the wild due to cultivation and roadside mowing. Like most lilies the plants grow from a bulb with offsetting rhizomes. L. superbum has a white bulb and the rhizomes branch; L. michiganense has a yellow bulb and the rhizomes do not branch. L. superbum prefers sites that are moister such as moist meadows and thickets, rich wood openings and the edges of marshes and is adapted to somewhat less sun, whereas L. michiganense is more adapted to prairies, ditches, woodland edges where it gets more sun.
Michigan Lilies and Pale Coneflowers near Lake Louise State Park
"Stop dear so I can jump out and get some close-up's!"
There are several kinds of native orchids in Minnesota. The most famous is the Showy Pink Ladyslipper, our State flower found only in the North Country. Here in the southeast I look for the Yellow Moccasin Flower. All the native orchids are becoming increasingly rare though protected. Still there may be pockets here and there where they may seem abundant.
How sweet it is....!